An aspect of life in Bay City that sets us apart is how close we are to nature and the recreation it provides us year around. All you have to do is go out your back door and look at the sky to see wonders that are often missed in bright city lights. A short drive in your car or a quick bike ride down the street and you will find numerous activities that all lead to beautiful, natural recreation sites. So, what are you waiting for? Get on out there and start enjoying it all.


Ah, the birds in Matagorda County. If you have gotten this far, you probably noted we are known for our birds. Hundreds of them. Best birding anywhere and the largest Christmas count in the nation. With the Matagorda County Birding Center in our backyard, we are a bird watcher’s delight.


Have a golfer in the family? Check out the beautiful Rio Colorado Golf Course that was built around the Colorado River and surrounding wetlands. There is also Bay City Country Club, which can be played year-round and was voted one of the best nine-hole courses in Texas. Families can also enjoy the swimming pool in the summer.


Slow down and take a breather at Bay City’s gateway to the great outdoors, Riverside Park. On 100 acres of waterfront and forest, Riverside Park offers 34 water/ electric campsites, 40 full RV hookup sites, a boat/ canoe/ kayak launch, nature & fitness trails, picnic sites, two group area pavilions, large clean, hot showers, playground, laundromat, and fishing supply rentals. Come out and reconnect with family & friends, make memories, start traditions. Whatever the occasion, we look forward to seeing you soon!

To reserve your spot, contact the Riverside Park Ranger Station at 979-245-0340, or the Bay City Parks & Recreation office at 979-323-1660. You can also visit our website at and follow us at @BCPARD (Instagram) & BCPAR (Facebook).


Whether you are playing on the beach, fishing off a pier, or kayaking in the Gulf, there is a lot to know about the marine life of our semi-tropical waters. The Texas Parks & Wildlife has marine fishes and shellfishes of the Gulf information and provides online Coastal Species brochures to help you get familiar with the amazing critters in your new place.

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